Name-changer, game changer(?): MacOS Sierra

Among all the updates announced at the Apple WWDC 2016, macOS takes the title of being the most noteworthy. So much so that it actually begins right with the name; Apple’s laptop software platform will no longer be called OS X but macOS in keeping with the rest of their software platforms.

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If you are a mac user, you’ll be glad to finally be able to say hello to Siri right on your laptop. You can now use Siri to search the web and your local files, add reminders and save search results to use them when required. If the use of Siri on your desktop extends to your iPhone we’ll have to see.

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The next major update to continuity is here too, with the ability to copy and paste across devices. It seems like a small addition, but could be especially useful for those who are constantly switching between their phones and their laptops.

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One of the key limitations of continuity was the lack of access to files and folders stored on your local system. But Apple has resolved this with the new update which provides access to your local desktop files on the cloud, provided you have the iCloud space needed to do so.

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Talking about storage, macOS Sierra also optimises storage on your Mac by offloading documents, photos and videos you don’t use too often to the cloud provided, as always, that you have the iCloud space to do so.

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Photos and memories also add up to the Apple software experience, with Photos gaining valuable artificial intelligence to identify faces and locations in your photos. Memories extends this intelligence to make a collection of your photos and videos with a particular person or at a particular destination.

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Finally Apple Pay has now come to the web, trying to extend it’s reach but you will still need an iPhone to authenticate the transaction. There are also other updates like using your Apple Watch to unlock your laptop without having to enter annoying passwords. That feature might extend to your iPhones but we can only hope.

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Now, if you are wondering why there are not snippets of humour along with this blog, its because there’s really nothing to smirk at with this update. They are all meaningful changes that truly help the experience of using a Mac. Now that the software’s taken care of, Apple needs to focus on the hardware refresh for the Macs that is so long overdue.

Enjoy your week and we’ll see you(figuratively, of course) again soon!

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